La Familia Valera Miranda

Does the street scene look familiar?

It should. Santiago de Cuba (and Havana) were the architectural models for New Orleans.

New Orleans is far more Cuban in look than French. (Havana administered New Orleans when the Spanish controlled it during the important formative years between 1763 until 1803.)

In 1793, 30,000 French growers, refugees from the slave rebellion in Haiti, … Read more

Nosotros La Musica

Made in 1964 and loosely translates to “We Are the Music”

Written and directed by Rogelio Paris (1936-2016)

This film was his first major project and he made it when only 28.

Paris worked as a documentary maker at the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) and was also a permanent professor of Filmmaking at the Faculty of Cinema, Radio and Television … Read more

Joe Conzo plays records – Machito,Tito Puente, Ray Barretto

Few thing are more fun than listening to records with a knowledgeable person who loves the music.

Jim Eigo, veteran record man, and proprietor of Original Vinyl Records in Warwick, NY, host listening sessions with experts which he videotapes.

So even if you can’t make it to Warwick, you can sit in here via the magic of the Internet.

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The making of “Cortijo and His Time Machine” – Harvey Averne

Download the mp3 here

Produced by Coco Records in 1974

– Ken McCarthy
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One player, multiple drums – Candido and NFamara

Nfamara Badjie Master drummer from Gambia watches Cándido Camero

Up until the middle part of the 20th century, hand drumming followed a pretty simple rule: One man, one drum (unless it was a two headed drum, tablas, or bongo drums.)

Then something changed.

What was it?


Bobby Sanabria interviews Cándido Camero, the most recorded conga player in jazz history.


October … Read more